Archive for Friday, September 14, 2012

40 years ago: City split on NW annexation; KU students rally for inclusion in chancellor selection process

September 14, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 14, 1972:

  • An unscientific poll of Lawrence residents indicated that local people in favor -- by about 2 to 1 -- of the annexation of 1,780 acres in northwest Lawrence. (An election was coming up to decide if that area should be removed from the city limits.) A south Lawrence resident said that the people already living in that area were "benefiting from the privileges of city life [...] including paying taxes" and that keeping the area in the city would help them "feel fully welcome." In contrast, another Lawrence resident said that he would probably vote for deannexation, saying that the area was "more than the city needs."
  • Selection of a new chancellor for Kansas University was the responsibility of the Kansas Board of Regents, board chairman Jess Stewart said today, and "we don't intend to abdicate our responsibility." Stewart added, however, that provisions for participation by KU students, faculty, and alumni were included in the selection guidelines that he intended to propose at the upcoming board meeting. Meanwhile, a campus rally had been held at Strong Hall to discuss ways to get the regents to agree to an all-university referendum on the selection. A group calling itself the New Democratic Movement was proposing that a selection committee composed mostly of students and staff select four candidates for the post of chancellor who would be voted upon, the winner's name to go to the regents for "routine" approval. About 30 people had attended the meeting.


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